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Student Research Assistant

ODY Reference
Position Grade Level: 
Working Hours: 
10:00 am -11:00 pm (Sunday - Thursday) 10:00 am - 5:00 pm (Friday)
Number of Students Hired: 
Job Description: 

Student Research Assistants will work at the ODY Help Desk and will provide first level research assistance to library patrons.  They will help patrons:

  •   Formulate a research strategy;
  •   Effectively search indexes, databases and the online catalog;
  •   Locate library materials;
  •   Obtain materials through ConnectNY and Interlibrary Loan; and
  •   Understand library services, policies, and organization.

Student Research Assistants will be responsible for referring more complex questions to a Reference Librarian for follow-up, and for scheduling one-on-one Research Consultations between patrons and librarians.

Skills Required: 
  • Excellent communication, organizational and interpersonal skills
  • Interest in and enthusiasm for helping others
  • Demonstrated research and computer skills
  • Peer-tutoring experience a plus

Estimate on a scale of 1 to 10 of the relative level of:

Skill required  10
Level of effort  10
Responsibility  10
Stress/Working Conditions 8